Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

October 26, 2018 - Volume 40, Issue 9

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events


  • 31 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.
  • 31 - Halloween Parade 2:45 p.m.


  • 1 - National American Indian Heritage Month Begins
  • 2 - Parent Conference Scheduling Opens, 9:00 a.m.
  • 2 - PTA Bingo Night 7:00 p.m.
  • 5 - End of 1st Quarter
  • 6 - Schools and Offices Closed - Election Day
  • 7 - Schools Closed - Professional Work Day
  • 8 - Picture Make-Up Day
  • 9 - No Cougar Comments today due to short week
  • 12 - American Education Week Begins (more information will be in the Cougar Comments soon)
  • 12 - Strings Bootcamp, 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 - Book Fair Begins
  • 13 - Band Bootcamp, 7:00 p.m.
  • 14 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 16 - Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling Closes, 4:00 p.m.
  • 16 - PTA Reflections: Heroes Around Me - Entries Due
  • 19 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Schools Close 3-hours Early, Dismissal 12:45 p.m.
  • 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Schools Close 3-hours early, Dismissal 12:45 p.m.
  • 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences - Schools Closed
  • 22 - Thanksgiving - Schools and Offices Closed
  • 23 - Schools and Offices Closed
  • 28 - In-school Banking, 9:00 a.m.

For a complete list of dates and events visit

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From School Administration

Our New CCES Student Council, The Cougar Council

We are excited to announce our new Clemens Crossing Student Council.
The purpose of our Student Council is to help elevate student voice by sharing students' ideas, interests, and concerns with teacher advisors and us, the principal and assistant principal. Our student council is still in the formation stage. Once they are fully in place, each council member will be assigned at least one class in the lower grades (K-3) so they can hear ideas from all of our students. The council will focus on establishing school spirit days, raising funds or collecting supplies for people in need locally and/or nationally, planning and implementing social events, participating in community projects, and being ambassadors and greeters for special events. We plan on meeting with student council representative at least quarterly to hear all of their ideas for our school.

Please find a list of our Student Council Representatives and the class(es) that they will represent. Congratulations to the following Student Council Representatives:

  • Magnolia R. from Mr. Lee's class, will be the representative to Mrs. McBrien and
    Mrs. Small's classes.

  • Regen P. from Mr. Lee's class, will be the representative to Mrs. Shaw and Mrs.Weinig's classes.

  • Luc D. from Mrs. Haube's class, will be the representative to Mr. Jones' class.

  • Lily S. from Mrs. Haube's class, will be the representative to Mrs. Shockey's class.

  • Brandon H. from Ms. Alban's class, will be the representative to Mrs. Beem's class.

  • Addie P. from Ms. Alban's class, will be the representative to Mrs. Hutt's class.

  • Kenzie R. from Mrs. Halvorson's class, will be the representative to Miss Addy and
    Ms. Holdefer's classes.

  • Alaeya B. from Mrs. Halvorson's class, will be the representative to Mrs. McKim and
    Mrs. Morstein's classes

  • Sebastian K., from Mrs. Billingsley's class, will be the representative to Mrs.Hodgins' class.

  • Ruhaan K., from Mrs. Billingsley's class, will be the representative to Mrs. Ludicke's class.

  • Kasey C., from Mrs. Greenlee's class, will be the representative to Mrs. McCue's class.

  • Aaron G., from Mrs. Greenlee's class, will be the representative to Ms. Thomerson's class.

We also want to thank the Student Council Advisors, Mr. Lee, Mrs. Haube, Mrs. Halvorson, and Mrs. Greenlee. Together, we are looking forward to working with our new Student Council!

Mr. Cosentino and Mrs. Hurd

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American Education Week

Reach, Educate, Inspire

During American Education Week, November 12—16, 2018, Americans nationwide will join the National Education Association (NEA) in raising awareness about the need to provide every child with a quality public education. The celebration highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools. It also reflects NEA's vision of calling upon America to provide public school students with quality schools so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. As part of the celebration, we provide parents and guardians the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom during the week. Feel free to visit your child's classroom any day during the week. Please refer to the CCES Master Schedule below to help you guide your visitation.

When you visit, please be prepared to sign-in through the Lobby Guard kiosk in the office. You will need your driver's license to sign-in with Lobby Guard. As a reminder, we do not allow younger children in the classrooms when parents visit. Additionally, we ask for visitors to reframe from using their phones in the classroom. Please put your phone on silence or vibrate. If you need to use your phone or devise for any reason, please go to the front lobby or outside the building.

We look forward to our continued partnership in your child's education, and we are excited to see you in school during American Education Week.

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Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 19, 20, and 21.
Conferences will be with homeroom teachers with the focus on Language Arts.
In order to schedule conferences, you will need to login to HCPSS Connect. HCPSS Connect will open to schedule conferences on Friday, November 2 at 9:00 a.m. The program will be open until Friday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m. The directions for parent conference registration linked here from the HCPSS website. You can also download the directions from the icon below.

If you have any questions, please call the front office at 410-313-6866.

Please note: This is the first of two conference periods for the school year. There will be conferences following the end of the second quarter in February. The focus for those conferences will be meeting with your child's Math teacher.


The Annual Halloween Parade and parties are scheduled for Tuesday, October 31.
The parade will begin at 2:45 p.m. with our Kindergarten students leading us out the Kindergarten side doors onto the blacktop. We will proceed through the blacktop to the sidewalk in front of the school building and then back into the school through the 5th-grade doors.
Parent viewing areas will be in the center of the blacktop or the bus loop area.
Please see the Halloween Parade Route & Viewing Area map below.

Each grade level will communicate their party times and needs through their room parent. Due to space limitations, only two predetermined parent volunteers per class will be permitted in the building during classroom parties.
Parents/visitors will not be permitted in the school building after the parade.

We ask that you avoid any costumes that perpetuate violence, have any blood, gore, scary masks, or contain any type of weapons. Props that come with costumes that are play weapons are not allowed in school. This includes, but is not limited to, toy guns, knives, swords, sickles, pitchforks, etc. Please send costumes in a bag for the students to put on independently over their clothing before the parade.
Students are not allowed to wear their costumes to school.

Parking will be limited. Follow the posted signs along Quarterstaff Road. Please park at the Clemens Crossing Pool or walk to the parade. Parking will be permitted in the bus loop until 3:10 p.m.
All cars must be gone from that area by 3:10 p.m. so our buses can park when they arrive for dismissal.

If there is rain, there will not be a rain date for the parade, but the classroom parties will proceed.

As always, if you prefer that your child does not take part in the Halloween Parade and/or party, please send a note to your child’s teacher or contact Mr. Cosentino or Mrs. Hurd.

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Columbia Association Bridge Replacement

Columbia Association will be replacing two bridges near Clemens Crossing Elementary. This project will begin on Nov. 5th. On November 6 and 7, the bridges will be out of service temperately. Bridges will be passable by the end of the day on November 7. The pathway to the left of the school is the access point for this project. We will post no parking signs and place cones at pathway entrance.

In-School Banking Day

October's In-school Banking day is this Wednesday, October 31 from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria
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Spiritwear is Here!

Spiritwear was delivered to the school this week. The spirit wear committee will be sorting the items and distributing as soon as possible. All spiritwear should be delivered by early next week.
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The school play this year will be The Jungle Book. The registration will be opened up first to 4th and 5th graders and if there are remaining openings, then registration will open to 3rd graders. The school play is very popular at CCES! We generally fill all of the openings (usually there are around 40 openings.)

Every student that enrolls will get a role in the play. On the evening of the final performance, the students get to celebrate by having a cast party after the performance.

Registration for 4th and 5th graders will begin Monday, October 8th and registration will be open to 3rd grade (if there are openings) starting Monday, October 22nd.

The deadline for registration will be Wednesday, November 14th.

Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays after school starting November 28th. The dress rehearsals and performances will be held at Wilde Lake Middle School this year. The dress rehearsals will be in the evening at 6 pm. The performances will be held in the evenings on 1/24/19 and 1/25/19.

Stay tuned to Cougar Comments for more information and to register once registration begins! For more information, contact Jennifer Molinari at

PTA Bylaws

Our CCES PTA bylaws need to be reviewed every three years and submitted to the Maryland PTA. A draft of our bylaws, as we plan to submit them this year, is attached below. The bylaws are very similar to past years' bylaws. There are no major changes. We will be voting to approve these bylaws at the next PTA general membership meeting on Wednesday, November 14. We need to have a quorum of 30 people at this meeting in order to have the vote.
If you've ever thought of coming to a PTA meeting, please come to the one on November 14. We'll have snacks, and maybe even pumpkin pie. Please come and help make our quorum. If you have any questions about the bylaws, please contact Karen Pang, PTA president, at

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Creative Arts & Writing Contest

Reflections is a National PTA program to encourage all children to participate in the arts for fun and recognition. Students work independently to present their artistic interpretation of this year's theme. Works can be literature including prose, poetry, drama, reflective essay, narrative, short story; visual art such as drawing, painting, collage; and musical composition.

There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under

IDEA or Section 504.


1. Reflect on the theme “Heroes Around Me” & create an original work in one (or more!) of the following categories: Literature, Music, or Visual Arts

Please check Rules for your Category to be sure your entry can be accepted!

2. Fill out an Entry Form, and be sure to include your Artist’s Statement (that is 50% of your score from the judges!).

3. Turn in your artwork and entry form to the Front Office by November 16, 2018!


Contact Risa Carlson, Reflections Chair at

Artwork will be judged in 3 categories:

  • Primary (Grades K-2)
  • Intermediate (Grades 3-5), and
  • Special Artist (for students with challenges as covered in the ADA).

Entries will be reviewed by experienced arts and education judges. All participants will be celebrated with certificates of participation, the top three entries will receive ribbons and the first place entry will receive a medal. The top three entries in each category will move on to the Howard County Reflections Contest; the top three County entries will move on to the Maryland State Reflections Contest, and State winners in each category will compete in the National PTA Reflections Contest.

EVERY entry will be displayed and celebrated at the Annual Schoolwide Showcase in May.

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